Raipur: Dreaded Maoist person Madvi Hidma has emerged arsenic the mastermind of the past weekend's massacre of 22 information unit by Naxals successful Chhattisgarh's Bastar portion and the audacious onslaught has brought him into the limelight erstwhile again.
His property and looks are inactive a substance of speculation with information agencies suggesting helium is astir 45 years old. They conscionable person a bundle of aged photos of a young antheral who they judge is Hidma, who carries a currency reward of Rs 40 lakh for seizure successful Chhattisgarh.
Last Saturday's cognition by information forces was aimed astatine cornering Hidma, but unfortunately, it proved to beryllium a meticulously planned trap that culminated successful dense casualties for the CRPF and the authorities constabulary on the borderline of Sukma and Bijapur districts.
An elusive figure, Hidma is simply a apical person of the outlawed Naxal outfit CPI (Maoist) and has been connected the radar of information agencies for galore years.
According to police, Hidma heads the Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) battalion no. 1, the strongest subject enactment of the rebels successful Dandakaranya which covers parts of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana and Maharashtra too the Bastar portion of Chhattisgarh.
At a clip erstwhile the activities of rebels successful the Bastar portion were appearing to beryllium connected the wane, Hidma deed backmost successful a brutal manner to marque his beingness felt and beryllium that the equipped question was precise overmuch live successful Chhattisgarh.
Believed to beryllium the main designer of assorted deadly attacks connected information forces successful Chhattisgarh successful the past decennary and beyond, Hidma is being blamed for the April 3 ambush successful the Bastar portion which near 22 CRPF and constabulary unit dormant and 31 others injured.
Tekalguda village, wherever Maoists ambushed information forces, is conscionable 6 km distant from Puvarti, believed to beryllium the autochthonal colony of Hidma.
He is besides a subordinate of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) of Maoists which has been instrumental successful carrying retired respective deadly attacks connected information forces successful southbound Bastar.
Hidma joined the Naxal question successful the precocious 1990s arsenic a ground-level organiser. He came nether the scanner of information agencies for the archetypal clip aft the 2010 Tadmetla onslaught successful Chhattisgarh wherein 76 troopers were killed.
He had past assisted different dreaded Maoist person Papa Rao successful executing the attack. Since then, his sanction crops up each clip determination is simply a large onslaught connected information forces successful Bastar.
Well trained successful guerrilla warfare, Hidma carries an AK-47 firearm and his cadres are equipped with blase weapons. A four-layered ringing of equipped cadres astir him has kept him distant from the scope of information forces.
For the past fewer years, information forces person been consistently carrying retired intelligence-based operations successful interiors of Bijapur and Sukma to people him, a constabulary serviceman said. However, his heavy cognition of the forested country and pugnacious terrain person helped him to debar getting caught, the serviceman said.
However, caller operations by information forces successful the halfway areas of Maoists person created immense unit connected elder leaders, including Hidma, helium said.
Hidma has developed an representation of a leader among his cadres and eliminating him would beryllium a large measurement towards weakening the Maoist question successful Bastar, the serviceman said.
Hidma has been named successful a slew of large Naxal strikes, including the Jhiram vale onslaught successful Darbha, Bastar successful 2013 that killed frontline elder Congress leaders similar Mahendra Karma, Nand Kumar Patel and V C Shukla.
Another onslaught bearing his imprint was the Burkapal ambush of April 2017 that claimed the lives of 24 CRPF personnel. Accused of execution of respective information personnel, Hidma, mostly confines himself to the southbound Sukma portion which is his basal area, the officials said.
His woman Raje is besides an progressive subordinate of the CPI (Maoist) and has been linked to respective large Maoist strikes, they said.